Room for compromise on immigration

first_imgYes, he has offered a path to citizenship for 1.8 million dreamers, but Democrats are highly unlikely to support his quid pro quos, which would not only crack down on illegal immigrants but also slash legal immigration to levels unseen in decades — a policy goal that was never part of  Trump’s rhetoric as a candidate.The McCain-Coons legislation, like its counterpart in the House, tackles a problem that the president himself has said he wants to resolve.That is providing long-term security for dreamers, whose status and work permits under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals were ordered revoked last fall by Trump and remain in limbo in the courts.The Senate bill would shield from deportation young immigrants who have lived in the United States since the end of 2013 — a somewhat bigger cohort than the one Trump would protect.That difference should be negotiable.On border security, the senators don’t go as far as Trump would like — he wants $25 billion right off the bat to build his “beautiful” wall — but they would direct Homeland Security officials to formulate a plan that would achieve “operational control” of the border by 2020.That’s a term of art, though not a precise one, meaning much tighter security than currently exists along most of the border. Why not sidestep the most incendiary disagreements and target the two main areas on which there is broad bipartisan acceptance: protecting “dreamers” brought to the United States as children and beefing up border security?The contours of such a deal, if not the details, are within lawmakers’ reach.Similar bipartisan bills to that end now have been introduced in both houses of Congress — this month, by John McCain, R-Ariz., and Christopher Coons, D-Del., in the Senate and, last month, by Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., in the House.Each deserves a hearing and a vote.Congress is duty-bound to act not only because immigration has all but paralyzed Washington politics, entangled as it is with spending to keep the government running, but also because President Donald Trump’s own approach is a nonstarter.Trump campaigned on building a border wall to enhance national security — fine, let him have his mandate.But the deal he has proposed and is insisting on goes much further than that. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:By trying to solve every problem related to America’s immigration system, Congress has repeatedly failed to solve any of them.It’s time to end that legislative dysfunction, which has played on a loop on Capitol Hill for years.center_img It does not preclude building hundreds of miles of walls and barriers on the frontier with Mexico, if that is in line with recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security.The House version of the bill has 52 co-sponsors in addition to Hurd and Aguilar, 26 from each side of the aisle.In the Senate, both McCain, who has long pressed for an immigration deal, and Coons are known for a willingness to reach across the aisle even as they remain true to core convictions.This bill offers a large majority the opportunity to do the same.A broader deal is not within Congress’ ability for the foreseeable future.This one is. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Board, supervisor both responsible

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe March 14 letter, “Nisky Dems didn’t question Supervisor Landry’s spending”: In my opinion, the former supervisor had nothing to do with the town board push-back on the bookkeeper, and shouldn’t be part of the conversation. In reality, the bookkeeper is the aggrieved party. Some individuals send anonymous letters to town hall that this person had financial difficulties 30 years ago and this becomes newsworthy. Many individuals have suffered financial setbacks. Responsible town officials should throw anonymous letters in the trash. A town can’t operate on rumors and innuendos.The comptroller’s office has always been responsible for budget development with the town supervisor. He and former supervisor Joe Landry developed the budget. Landry never had his personal bookkeeper. In fact, the Comptroller should be involved. An additional layer of a personal bookkeeper can sometimes lead to confusion and organizational dysfunction. Our current supervisor didn’t seem to articulate why she needed her own bookkeeper. I agree that the town board and supervisor have major fiduciary responsibilities, but why in addition to the comptroller’s office, did she need her own bookkeeper?One of her campaign issues focused on her financial expertise. The town board should have asked for reasons and the supervisor should have articulated those reasons. In fact, the town board isn’t responsible for her withdrawal of the request. This was the supervisor’s decision. If this position was needed for the fiscal welfare of the town, then this should have been loudly articulated to the residents by the supervisor.Hopefully, since it has been reported in the paper that the Supervisor Syed is finally working full time in her position, she and the board will have open lines of communication. Political gridlock only hurts the town. I believe that the town board and the supervisor are both responsible for this bookkeeper fiasco. No one should play the victim role.LINDA RIZZONiskayuna More from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Grateful to voters for supporting library

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On behalf of the Amsterdam Free Library Board of Trustees, all of our patrons and especially the children who utilize all the library, we would like to thank all of you who voted to help fund the library for another year.   Without your support, we would not continue to grow and  give the community our very best.John NapleAmsterdamThe writer is the president of the Board of Trustees.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Lipton leads Stanhope to investment market

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Prudential in clear for Knightsbridge

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Centre parks: back to inner city life

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The making of Bucks

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Merivale’s star performance

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Hammerson bid for Grantchester

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London 2012: the big questions

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